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Voted the greatest film of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound Critics poll.

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A former detective with a fear of heights is hired to follow a woman apparently possessed by the past, in Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless thriller of loss, identity and dizzying obsession. DVD

Voted the greatest film of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound Critics poll.

More of the greatest films of all time here
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A former detective with a fear of heights is hired to follow a woman apparently possessed by the past, in Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless thriller of loss, identity and dizzying obsession.
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1 - BFI Top 50

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This classic from the master of suspense was so poorly received upon release that Alfred Hitchcock later withdrew it from distribution for several years. Its reputation has since grown and it is now widely regarded as Hitchcock’s finest film, a haunting examination of male desire memorably filmed in real San Francisco locations.

The story of acrophobic Scottie Ferguson (brilliantly played by James Stewart), who compulsively remodels Judy Barton (Kim Novak) in the image of his dead love Madeleine Elster (also Novak), is unflinchingly dark and tragic. Though Hitchcock was originally deemed to have erred in giving away the film’s plot twist halfway through, Vertigo succeeds as a hallucinatory fable about the traps of desire. A thriller of dreamlike allure, it’s whipped to dizzying heights by Bernard Herrmann’s Wagner-influenced score. 

“If Vertigo remains, unchallengeably, Hitchcock’s masterpiece, this is surely because there the attitude to the unknown and mysterious is not simply one of terror but retains, implicitly, a profound and disturbing ambivalence.” Robin Wood, Hitchcock’s Films, 1977

DVD Extras

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece (subtitles available)
  • Feature Commentary
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Production Notes

Blu-ray Extras

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer

This classic from the master of suspense was so poorly received upon release that Alfred Hitchcock later withdrew it from distribution for several years. Its reputation has since grown and it is now widely regarded as Hitchcock’s finest film, a haunting examination of male desire memorably filmed in real San Francisco locations.

The story of acrophobic Scottie Ferguson (brilliantly played by James Stewart), who compulsively remodels Judy Barton (Kim Novak) in the image of his dead love Madeleine Elster (also Novak), is unflinchingly dark and tragic. Though Hitchcock was originally deemed to have erred in giving away the film’s plot twist halfway through, Vertigo succeeds as a hallucinatory fable about the traps of desire. A thriller of dreamlike allure, it’s whipped to dizzying heights by Bernard Herrmann’s Wagner-influenced score. 

“If Vertigo remains, unchallengeably, Hitchcock’s masterpiece, this is surely because there the attitude to the unknown and mysterious is not simply one of terror but retains, implicitly, a profound and disturbing ambivalence.” Robin Wood, Hitchcock’s Films, 1977

DVD Extras

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece (subtitles available)
  • Feature Commentary
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Production Notes

Blu-ray Extras

  • Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
  • Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Interview Excerpts
  • Foreign Censorship Ending
  • The Vertigo Archives
  • Feature Commentary with director William Friedkin
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Restoration Theatrical Trailer

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5050582362114
Catalogue Number 8236211 / 8295831
Subtitle BFI Top 50
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1958
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Universal
Countries USA
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby
Subtitles English HOH / French / Portuguese / Danish / Finnish / Czech / Slovak / Norwegian / Dutch / Polish
Language(s) English (others available: German / French / Italian / Spanish)
Running time 124 mins
DVD region 2, 4
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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